Central Park 5 talk about settlement

first_imgThree of Central Park 5 hold press conference after court ruling.WW photo: Dolores CoxOn June 19, 2014, twelve years after the filing of a lawsuit by the Central Park 5 — five innocent Black and Latino teenage boys who in April 1989 were arrested, interrogated for hours without an attorney, coerced into confessing, tried, convicted and imprisoned for a crime they never committed — New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio officially settled the lawsuit in their favor, awarding them $40 million.On June 26, the city’s comptroller approved reparations for the Five towards repairing the injustice done.  All that is needed now to finalize the settlement is for the federal judge to sign off on it.The teens — Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson and Yusef Salaam — were accused of attacking and raping a white woman jogger in New York City’s Central Park on the night of April 19.  They became known as “the Central Park 5.” Their ages ranged from 14 to 16 years old.Once the New York City Police Department zeroed in on the five boys, they looked no further for suspects.  The media and political leaders tried and convicted them before the trial began.  New York City and the entire country, engulfed in everyday racism, immediately assumed the boys to be guilty.  Their names and faces were plastered all over the newspapers and TV.  They were referred to as “a wolf pack gone wilding,” among other such derogatory names.The CP 5 case involved the complicity of the NYPD and the district attorney’s office in railroading the teens, without having any evidence of their guilt.  Despite the fact that details given in their individually manipulated confessions contradicted each other, the teens served prison terms of 7 to 13 years before they were exonerated of the crime they never committed.In 2002, a completely different person, Matias Reyes, confessed in detail to acting alone in the brutal raping of the jogger.  His DNA matched.In December 2002, the Five were exonerated and released.  They subsequently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the NYPD and the city of New York for racially motivated violation of their civil rights, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction and imprisonment.Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, until the end of their terms on Dec. 31, 2013, refused to settle the lawsuit and provide reparations to the Five, claiming no wrong-doing on the part of the NYPD or the DA’s office. They claimed the charges were supported by an abundance of “probable cause” and even refused to accept the demonstrated innocence of the Five.  Federal Judge Deborah Batts denied the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit in 2007.During the 12 years of litigation there were numerous court hearings/status conferences and attacks by the city’s legal department.  The families say they also received death threats, which continue to this day.Billionaire Donald Trump had waged a smear campaign against the Five after their arrest, including calling for the death penalty. Now, instead of apologizing, he still continues his crusade against them.CP 5 members speak of sufferingWith family members present, on June 27 at a City Hall press conference, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson and Yusef Salaam, now middle-aged, struggled to hold back tears as they described the psychological and physical toll that the 25-year ordeal has taken on all their lives.Each one related how the initial shock of being arrested and accused of such a heinous crime impacted them.  And of the unbelievable vilification and hatred they received from the city as a whole throughout the entire process leading up to their conviction.  The men also spoke of how torturous imprisonment was for them.  They were victimized by other inmates, served spoiled food, worked for 50 cents/hour in order to buy commissary food at outside prices, and confined to an environment rife with rats and roaches.  Continuing to maintain their innocence resulted in denial of parole.The men feel that they’ve been vindicated by the truth.  They see the settlement as the beginning of the healing process, yet say they have a long way to go towards being made whole.  They suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. They just want to live a productive life and remain living in the city in peace, they say.The men had their youth snatched from them, which, as was pointed out, no amount of money can compensate for.  They were viewed as criminals and after their release had to register as sex offenders, had to check that box on job applications that they had been convicted of a felony crime, had missed the opportunity to acquire necessary job skills and had suffered learning gaps.  They mentioned that they were given no transitional help in adjusting to re-entering society.The men gave thanks for the support they received to former Comptroller John Lui, former City Councilmember Charles Barron, the late Elombe Brath and Amiri Baraka, state Sen. Bill Perkins, the December 12th Movement, the Black media, Assemblyman Keith Wright, filmmaker Ken Burns, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Mayor De Blasio, and the Central Park 5 legal team, who battled in the streets as well as the courtroom.  They also acknowledged the unity of political activists, the community and many others who believed in them throughout their long journey, adding that they hope that no other families will ever have to endure such horror.At the press conference it was stated: “Victory belongs to those who struggle” and “Victory goes to those who prevail.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Call for sanctions after beating of Three Gorges dam activist Fu Xiancai

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific June 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for sanctions after beating of Three Gorges dam activist Fu Xiancai News April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further Organisation RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alertscenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more A critic of the government’s treatment of people displaced by the Three Gorges dam was left paralysed from a beating by unknown persons after giving an interview to German television. His attackers were reportedly hired to punish him for having spoken out. News 中文版本Reporters Without Borders urged China’s foreign minister, Li Zhaoxing, to intervene in the case of Fu Xiancai, a vocal critic of the government’s treatment of people displaced by the Three Gorges dam who was left paralysed from a beating after giving an interview to foreign journalists.The press freedom organisation said local authorities apparently paid a criminal to punish Fu who had spoken out against expulsion without adequate compensation of hundreds of thousands of people, including himself, to make way for the dam, the world’s largest hydro-electric project.Human Rights in China reported that, Fu, who lives in Yangguidian, Hubei province in central China, was struck about the neck on 8 June 2006, by one or more unknown persons as he left the police station in Zigui, breaking his spinal column. He is being treated at Yichang hospital and denied contact with his family.Three weeks earlier, on 19 May, German ARD television broadcast an interview with Fu, in which his face was not hidden, during which he criticised the attitude of the authorities towards those displaced by the Three Gorges dam. He had previously been threatened and attacked by officials in 2004 and 2005.”Your ministry is responsible for organising and regulating the work of foreign journalists on Chinese territory, you are therefore responsible for ensuring their safety and those with whom they conduct interviews,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Violence as serious as this provides new proof of the lack of progress in this area. It is not enough to provide treatment for Fu Xiancai, who is being bizarrely kept away from his family and the press. Those responsible must be punished.”“Two years away from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it is extremely worrying that such brutal methods should be used to punish Chinese citizens who dare to speak to foreign journalists”, it said. “This case and many others show that Beijing’s promises to the International Olympic Committee to ensure complete freedom for foreign journalists are not being kept”.”Your ministry is continually monitoring, controlling and obstructing the movements of foreign correspondents, while nothing is done to protect Chinese journalists and citizens who dare to work or to speak out. We call on you to urgently revise the foreign correspondents’ guide,” it concluded.The head of regional NDR television, which is responsible for ARD, and the German foreign minister, have both protested about the attack to the Chinese authorities. Jobst Flog, director general of NDR, said, “There is no doubt that the attack was an act of revenge because of his statements to German television.”Reporters Without Borders is particularly concerned about frequent assaults on journalists and activists by criminals often on the orders of local authorities or businessmen. In October 2005, anti-corruption activist Lu Banglie was beaten up by delinquents in the southern China village of Taishi, just after meeting Benjamin Joffe-Walt, a journalist on the British daily The Guardian. News Follow the news on China China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Related documents 中文版本PDF – 54.38 KB Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Midland motorcyclist dies in two-vehicle collision

first_imgLocal News WhatsApp Facebook Midland motorcyclist dies in two-vehicle collision WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twittercenter_img TAGS  Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: December 30Next articleOAT12xx20_PotholeWildart Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – December 30, 2020 DPS Logo A 28-year-old motorcyclist died in a two-vehicle collision in Midland County. The reported fatal collision happened at 3:57 p.m. Tuesday on Business Interstate 20 about a quarter of a mile east of Midland, a Texas Department of Public Safety press release stated. Coleman B. Ewing, 28, of Midland was reportedly traveling on a 2016 Indian motorcycle, while Steven B. Paz, 54, of Odessa was driving a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The Silverado was traveling west on Business Interstate 20 approaching San Andres Drive, while the motorcycle was also traveling west behind the truck, the press release stated. The Silverado reportedly slowed down to make a left turn and the motorcycle failed to control its speed and collided into the rear of the truck. Ewing was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene and he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Paz was uninjured and was wearing a seatbelt. Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

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IFA preparing submission for Commonage Implementation Committee

first_img Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+ By News Highland – August 26, 2014 Twitter Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR IFA preparing submission for Commonage Implementation Committee Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook Previous articleCeltic hope to make home advantage countNext articleFinn Harps have been drawn away to Avondale or St Michaels News Highland center_img 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released The first meeting of the new Commonage Implementation Committee is underway in Dublin.The Minister for Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney says the committee will play a key role in assisting Commonage owners as they make the transition to a new Common Agricultural Policy.It’s chaired by Joe Healy, a former President of Macra na Feirme and a livestock farmer from Galway.Concern has been expressed that new regulations being introduced as a result of CAP reform could lead to Donegal commonage farmers losing out on EU payments.Donegal IFA President PJ Mc Monagle says they are beginning their own discussions tomorrow, and will be making a detailed submission to the implementation committee……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/pjcommon.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Facebook News WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next weeklast_img read more

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Fianna Fail Senator claims Enda Kenny and John McNulty met in June to discuss…

first_imgNews Fianna Fail Senator claims Enda Kenny and John McNulty met in June to discuss Seanad by-election Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers By News Highland – October 8, 2014 Facebook Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articlePearse Doherty and other senior Sinn Fein officials will pay water chargesNext articleTracey Emin to design Brit gong News Highland A Fianna Fáil senator has used parliamentary privilege to claim that Enda Kenny discussed appointing John McNulty to the Seanad as long ago as June.Fianna Fáil’s Mark Daly made the claim in the Seanad this evening.Enda Kenny’s spokesman has previously said the two met only once, in the days running up to Mr McNulty’s nomination to the board of IMMA.But this evening Senator Daly claimed that the possibility of getting John McNulty into the Seanad could have been raised three months earlier:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/18daly1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

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North’s Environment Minister Mark H Durkan says waste crime has to be tackled

first_img North’s Environment Minister Mark H Durkan says waste crime has to be tackled The North’s Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has told an international Waste Crime Conference that the illegal cross border transport of waste is a threat to the environment and the economy.Addressing an International Waste Crime Conference in Edinburgh, Minister Durkan highlighted the importance of close collaboration across jurisdictions.Minister Mark H.Durkan told the conference in Edinburgh last evening that due to the land border on the island of Ireland, there are particular challenges with regards to waste crime which have to be faced.These include fuel laundering and its wastes, illegal dumping and the regulation of transfronteir waste shipments. He said his department is working closely with agencies both North and South, including the Department of the Environment, the PSNI, An Garda Siochana and the Revenue Commissioners, to develop a strategy and tactics to prevent waste crime, and enforce the law against those who are involved in it.He told the conference that to be effective in our fight against waste crime, experience, expertise and intelligence must be shared on a North / South, East / West and an international basis. By News Highland – November 27, 2014 Pinterest Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twittercenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleCocaine worth over £2 million is seized by police in TyroneNext articleCouncil begins installing carbon monoxide alarms in council houses News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Museum revives sacred harp singing

first_img “More and more people are becoming interested in Sacred Harp or shape note singing and partly because they are hearing it for the first time in movies like ‘Cold Mountain,’” Peak said.Sacred Harp singing uses a system of printed shapes rather than standard music notation to help untrained singers learn how to read music, said Alice Sundberg, who along with her husband, Ken, organized Saturday’s singing.Sacred Harp Singing has been described as singing so powerful that you could stand up and walk on it.And Sundberg agrees that Sacred Harp is shout-it-out singing. She said that some people come to hear the sound of shape note singing while others are more interested in the history of the singing form and the hymns. Museum revives sacred harp singing The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The first Sacred Harp Singing at the museum attracted about 45 singers and between 60 and 70 visitors.“A lot of people don’t know about Sacred Harp Singing and those who were hearing it for the first time were really amazed,” Peak said.The title Sacred Harp Singing is a bit misleading because there is no harp involved. In fact, there are no instruments. Sacred Harp was first sung in England, then in colonial New England. From there Sacred Harp migrated to the South were it took root. By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip You Might Like Nell Young Cook Nell Young Cook age 88 a lifelong resident of Elba, Alabama passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 at her home…. read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Pioneer Museum of Alabama will host the second annual Sacred Harp Singing from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. Sacred Harp singers from the Wiregrass and River Region will participate.Those who just want to know more about the centuries-old form of music are invited to come listen and join in when they feel comfortable in doing so, said Jerry Peak, museum director.“J.C. Harden used to hold monthly Sacred Harp singings at the museum but, after his death, we got away from them,” Peak said. “But Sacred Harp singing is a part of who we are as Southerners, and we wanted to bring back the singings at least once a year.” By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Published 9:27 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011 “Shape note singing was taught in singing schools throughout the South before and after the Civil War,” Sundberg said. “The teachers often had no musical training. But the music fit the way people back then liked to get together for singing and social time.”Sundberg said for Sacred Harp singings, the singers form a hollow square with the tenors, who sing the melody, facing the leader.“To the leader’s left are the bass singers, the treble singers are to the leader’s right and facing the tenors and to the back of the leader are the altos,” Sundberg said.Different singers take turns leading the singing but singers often mark time with the music as they sing.“You don’t have to have experience to join the singing or enjoy the singing,” Sundberg said. “So, we encourage singers and those who are ‘just interested’ to join us.”Admission to the Sacred Harp Singing is free for those who bring a Cooper Songbook. Otherwise admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior adults and $4 for students.The Sacred Harp Singers bring their favorite dishes to share at lunch. Those who would like to join the “dinner on the ground” type lunch are invited to bring their favorite dish and share in the fellowship that always abounds at Sacred Harp singings, Peak said. Latest Stories Email the author Sponsored Content Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Skills gap now a hazardous abyss affecting all sectors

first_imgSkills gap now a hazardous abyss affecting all sectorsOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Half of the UK’s employers have found problems recruitingskilled workers in the past six months. Lloyds TSB Commercial’s biannual Business in Britain surveyrevealed that 50 per cent of firms have experienced difficulties findingskilled workers compared with just one-in-five in the early 1990s.Michael Riding, managing director of Lloyds TSB Commercial,said the skills gap is a growing headache for employers. He said, “According tothose polled, the yawning skills gap is turning into a hazardous abyss acrossall sectors. In terms of recruiting unskilled staff, similar trends areemerging. Local labour supply cannot match demand”.“Many firms have been unable to pay higher wages to attractskilled staff because of declining profits – the result of fierce competitionand strong downward price pressures.”IT and business services, manufacturing, transport andcommunications companies had a harder time hiring over the past six months thanat the start of the year but the construction industry was the hardest hit,with nearly two thirds of firms reporting a skills shortfall.Wholesalers reported the least difficulties of the firmssurveyed, however 40 per cent of businesses in the sector still find it toughfilling vacancies.Businesses in the Thames Valley reported the highestpercentage of recruitment problems in the UK at 60 per cent.Andy Corrigan, a spokesman for the Thames Valley Chamber ofCommerce and Industry, told Personnel Today that there was a shortage of bothskilled and unskilled workers in the region.He commented, “Our own surveys have confirmed that twothirds of firms or more had experienced difficulties.”“The main issue for us is the people important to theeconomy who are not paid so well, the bus drivers, police officers andcleaners, they are being priced out of the region because of house priceinflation.“There are problems across the board. In areas like West Berkshireunemployment is down to about 1 per cent.”By Ben Willmottwww.lloydstsbcommercial.comlast_img read more

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Toronto Raptors score buzzer-beater to win Game 7

first_imgMay 13, 2019 /Sports News – National Toronto Raptors score buzzer-beater to win Game 7 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTuelekZa/iStock(TORONTO) — Sunday night’s game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors came down to the wire — literally.The Eastern Conference semifinal game was tied with just seconds to go when Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard put up a shot as the clock ran out. It bounced on the rim before going in, marking the first Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA playoff history.With the 92-90 win, Toronto nows moves on to face the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 1 of that series is slated for Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img

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Royal Marines to welcome first women recruits in 2019

first_img Photo: Mountain leader training. Photo: Royal Navy Women will be able to start training with the Royal Marines from early next year as the UK opens all military roles to women.The elite Royal Marines corps is the last career in the Royal Navy to accept applications from women.“Women have led the way with exemplary service in the armed forces for over 100 years, working in a variety of specialist and vital roles,” UK defense secretary Gavin Williamson said announcing the decision. “So I am delighted that from today, for the first time in its history, our armed forces will be determined by ability alone and not gender.”“Opening all combat roles to women will not only make the armed forces a more modern employer but will ensure we recruit the right person for the right role.”Major-General Charlie Stickland, Commandant General Royal Marines said: “The Royal Marines have welcomed the opportunity for women to serve in ground close combat roles and I am proud that we are now in a position to accept women on to our Royal Marines training courses from next year.“My aim is very quickly to make this normal business.”“There will be absolutely no changes to the Commando standards, training will be the same for men and women, so I wholeheartedly encourage any interested men or women to give it a go; it’s simply about a State of Mind.”A number of women have already started the recruiting process to join the Royal Marines. Successful applicants will be able to join the Royal Marines pre-selection courses in the New Year, and, if successful, could be joining the Royal Marines Commando Course at CTC RM Lympstone in 2019.To join the Royal Marines you need to be aged 16-32 and have a BMI between 18 and 28 for a male and a BMI of 23 and above or 65kg for a female.To become a Royal Marines officer you need to be aged 18-25 and have a minimum of 72 UCAS points.If you pass the initial recruiting tests, candidates are invited onto the three-day Potential Royal Marine Course, or three-day Potential Officer course. Successful candidates are invited to join the Royal Marines Commando Course. View post tag: Royal Marinescenter_img Share this articlelast_img read more

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